The 7 Definitive Bag Trends of Spring/Summer 2020


It doesn’t take a psychic to predict that 2020’s summer months will skip merrily hand-in-hand with raffia accessories. No doubt, we’ll be eagerly packing up our straw baskets for the beach in August. ut how about a tote, bucket or shoulder bag that’s boardroom-friendly, too?


Magnifying glasses at the ready: for spring, designers took the mini bag trend to new micro proportions. Most barely big enough to hold a coin, or make a mark on the palm of your hand, (thanks Jacquemus) – well, let’s just say practicality is not top priority here.

But there are equally characterful lifestyle additions. Always losing your EarPods? 

Cigarette lighter-holders will all but eradicate the problem of smoking area thieves. 


It’s not often that a new silhouette hits the runways, but this season’s newest shape – the super slouchy sac bag – peppered looks from city to city, for every taste and situation.


Without doubt, Bottega Veneta’s cloud-like, oversized leather pouch bag, spotted on every street-style star worth their followers, was the bag of 2019. It didn’t seem to matter that we couldn’t go hands-free – we liked the feeling of hugging our belongings close, and our brand affiliations closer.

As for the 2020 update? Clutched to our sides this year will be a mix of styles not seen since the early 2000s.


So much so that at any one moment, no matter the time of year.

Some designers are clearly plugged in: the bucket bag shape got a lot more airtime on the runway this season. Neutral hues that go with everything will be the most timeless purchases.


No summer would be complete without a kaleidoscopic pop of bright colour. Kelly green, tangerine orange and classic cobalt blue (Pantone’s colour of the year) may be having their moment in the ready-to-wear stakes, but a paintbox bright handbag is a less intense way to ease yourself into the trend.


If, last autumn, we found ourselves gilded in gold-clasp bags, then this spring/summer 2020 doesn’t look much different. It was Celine’s bourgeois look that reignited our love of vintage-inspired, Parisian classics such as the single-breasted blazer, the button-down shirt, the high-waisted flared jeans, not to mention all the accessories to match.

The good news? Whether pulled from your closet, picked up at a local charity shop or bought new as a special treat, vintage-looking bags certainly have lasting appeal.